LAS VEGAS — Point guard Dennis Schroder is scheduled to fly from Germany to Los Angeles and report to the Lakers this weekend after missing the first week and a half of training camp, sources told ESPN.
Schroder signed a veteran’s minimum contract with L.A. last month following an impressive showing at the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. He had an issue with his worker visa that delayed his trip to the U.S. that has since been resolved, sources said.
Schroder, 29, played 61 games for the Lakers in the 2020-21 season, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He split last season between the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets, averaging 13.5 points and 4.6 assists per game.
The Lakers travel from L.A. to San Francisco on Saturday to play the fourth of their six-game preseason schedule Sunday against the Golden State Warriors. It is yet to be determined whether Schroder will be able to join the team for the Warriors trip, sources said.
“He’s doing the best he can to stay in rhythm and to stay in shape,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said last week when asked about Schroder’s absence. “But it’s nothing like NBA basketball and being in an NBA setting. So, once he gets here, we’ll be able to throw him right into the deep end of the pool and see how he responds.
“But Dennis is a high, high level player, super-duper competitor and takes great care of himself. So, it should be a quick turnaround for him getting into a rhythm.”